May 21, 2020
Former NFL scout Matt Manocherian (@mattmano) of Sports Info Solutions and football analytics pioneer Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) of Football Outsiders (@fboutsiders) have a discussion about the history of the Football Outsiders DVOA metric. Aaron brings us behind the curtain to talk about what inspired him to start looking into football stats on a deeper level (1:28), what the process was to conceptualize DVOA and what kind of iterations it went through before he arrived at the final construction (3:37), what some of the key decision were that helped build DVOA and decisions that would've changed the story that DVOA has told over time (12:46), how the stat has changed over time (20:09), how it works in its present form (24:08), some of its strengths and weaknesses (29:41), and where he sees it going in the future (34:07).
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